Minister holds meeting on Fenagh flooding

Discussions on the flooding at Lough Reane were held this morning between Minister Brian Hayes, Leitrim County Council Senior Engineer, Shay O'Connor, Cllr Gordon Hughes and Deputy Tony McLoughlin.
Minister for State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes TD is preparing to speak with Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD in a bid to secure funding for flood remedial works at Lough Reane.

Minister for State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes TD is preparing to speak with Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD in a bid to secure funding for flood remedial works at Lough Reane.

The lake has been a source of ongoing flooding for 18 households and numerous farmers in the locality.

Members of Leitrim County Council’s Engineering staff, Fine Gael Deputy for Sligo/North Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin and Cllr Gordon Hughes met with Minister Hayes this morning (Friday, July 17) in Carrick-on-Shannon to discuss the issue.

Although a study has identified a possible solution to the problem, the maximum funding available to Leitrim County Council under the relevant scheme is €130,000, leaving a funding shortfall in the region of €150,000.

Deputy Tony McLoughlin organised this morning’s meeting to try and secure alternative funding for the work in Fenagh.

Speaking with the Leitrim Observer following the meeting, Cllr Hughes said it had been very productive.

“Minister Hayes has agreed to speak with Minister Hogan about securing the extra funding for this work. The argument has been made that without this funding Leitrim County Council will have to finance the cost of rehousing one resident and upgrading the road and that will be in the region of €500,000. It is, effectively, the lesser of two evils in terms of expense, to finance the remedial works and we are quite hopeful that we will be able to secure the funding required,” he said.

“Minister Hayes has said that he hopes to come back to me in seven working days on this. I believe this is a positive step forward in trying to find funding for this essential work and I feel this meeting has been very productive. I would like to thank Deputy Tony McLoughlin for organising this meeting this morning.”